All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

Jazz Articles

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Francesca Han: Dream Episodes, Blue Suns, Icarus

Read "Francesca Han: Dream Episodes, Blue Suns, Icarus" reviewed by

A new Francesca Han recording is something to get excited about. The pianist's spirited trio/quartet outing Illusion (Audioguy Records, 2012) and the bewitching solo effort Ascetic (Audioguy Records, 2012)--one of the finest solo piano jazz albums of recent years--were outstanding examples of her skills as a composer, bandleader and improviser. Now, in a relatively short space of time, three more releases of quite distinct individual character have seen the light of day, confirming, as if there was ever any doubt, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Francesca Han: Ascetic

Read "Ascetic" reviewed by

Coming just a few months after the striking Illusion (Audioguy, 2012)--a vibrant trio recording featuring guest trumpeter Ralph Alessi--pianist Francesca Han's first recorded foray into the world of solo piano reveals a musician in a rich vein of form indeed. Stemming from the Illusion sessions, eight of the ten tracks are the fruit of an impromptu two-hour improvisation, and it's perhaps not surprising that there's a pronounced flow and unrelenting energy about these performances. There's great variation in mood throughout, ...

INTERVIEWS

Francesca Han: Right Music, Right Time

Read "Francesca Han: Right Music, Right Time" reviewed by

Korea has never been more fashionable, leading the way in technological advances and dictating hair styles, television viewing, eye shape and pop music trends across Asia and beyond. The mindboggling response to singer PSY's song “Gangnam Style," with over a billion hits on You Tube, epitomizes the phenomena of the so-called “Korean Wave." Fewer people, inevitably, are aware of the depth of Korean jazz talent, amply demonstrated on the essential compilation Into the Light--Korean Music III--Traditional Music and Korean Jazz ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Francesca Han: Illusion

Read "Illusion" reviewed by

Pianist Francesca Han's music contains a certain duality. She's a classical and improvising jazz pianist with one foot in the jazz tradition and the other wedged firmly in the door of contemporary jazz. An established jazz musician in South Korea, Han acquired new vocabulary studying and playing in New York, where she also collaborated with composer Jeff Fairbank's experiment in fusing Korean traditional music with jazz. Though jazz clearly dominates Han's playing, a ghostly classical vein is felt, as is ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Various Artists: Into the Light - Korean Music III - Traditional Music & Korean Jazz

Read "Various Artists: Into the Light - Korean Music III -  Traditional Music & Korean Jazz" reviewed by

Various Artists Into the Light: Korean Music III: Traditional Music & Korean Jazz KAMS 2010 Although the differences in beat, rhythm and harmony that separate traditional Korean music and jazz may partially explain why jazz has been approached only relatively recently in Korea, in fact Korean traditional musicians are fundamentally suited to jazz given the large element of improvisation inherent in Korean folk styles. These two CDs offer a tantalizing slice of ...


Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.